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Faculty of Music


Songs of Consolation from Boethius to the Carmina Burana

Sequentia, directed by Benjamin Bagby

Benjamin Bagby and Sequentia present songs from Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy. The melodies are reconstructed from a rediscovered leaf of the 11th-century 'Cambridge Songs Manuscript' housed in the University Library. This concert represents the first public outing of a collaboration between the leading group for the reconstruction of lost medieval song repertories with pioneering research conducted at Cambridge by Dr Sam Barrett. The Boethian songs and complemented in this performance by settings of texts by Horace and from the Carmina Burana in an exclusive preview of Sequentia's newest concert programme, 'Monks singing Pagans'.

The concert is being promoted in association with the Faculty of Music, CMPS and Pembroke College.

TICKETS: £20; concessions £15; students £5. Available for purchase online from Eventbrite ( and in person from the Porters' Lodge, Pembroke College (cash only).


Performing Lost Songs

A week of events forming part of a collaboration between Sequentia and Sam Barrett of the Faculty of Music exploring the reconstruction of early medieval Latin song repertories. This includes melodies for Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy as reconstructed from a rediscovered leaf of the eleventh-century Cambridge Songs Manuscript held in the University Library.

Saturday, 23 April, 2016 - 20:00 to 22:00
Event location: 
8.00pm, Pembroke College Chapel